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FIRST SUNDAYS at MAHA ROSE ::: A New Monthly Series

Next up: Transforming the Inner Critic
Sunday, October 7th, 3-5pm

Our strong emotions are encoded with a direct and clear path to healing the past experiences and limiting beliefs in our lives that keep us stuck in repetitive patterns. Hidden within them is rich transformative insight. When we know how to "hear", relate to, and process this information, we deepen our intuition and ability access visceral love and compassion. It takes guts, guidance, and practice, but it is utterly possible to become your own healer and therapist, and a powerful one at that. The truth is, what we call "negative emotions" have the ability to teach us things no one else can. They are pregnant with the seed of our liberation.

At the crossroads of evidence-based psychology, neuroscience, ancient shamanic journeying, and Tibetan Buddhism is Emotional Alchemy: a new monthly workshop series offered by author, therapist, and seasoned teacher Ralph De La Rosa. On the first Sunday of each month we will explore a new theme related to working with our emotions, core hurts, negative beliefs, intimacy issues, and compulsive behaviors in meditation. This series will go beyond mere coping and managing ourselves and into how we can actually resolve such burdens in meaningful and lasting more


Four Wednesdays, 6 - 7:30pm
November 7th - December 5th
NY Open Center

Difficult emotions tend to override us, causing confusion and harm, but they are not our enemies. Rather, they are like messengers sounding an alarm, calling us to look deeper within ourselves, longing for us to heal. In this class, psychotherapist and meditation teacher Ralph de la Rosa will draw from Buddhist methods, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Internal Family Systems, and somatic and mindfulness based approaches to teach us meditations and on-the-spot practices for relating to our emotions in new ways. You’ll learn methods for working with the inner critic and intrusive thoughts, anger, anxiety, childhood hurts, and sadness in order to unburden these parts of yourself. Paradoxically enough, the result of this work is clearing more room for joy, calm, and connection.

NOTE: class will *not* meet the week of Thanksgiving


Monday, November 12th
MNDFL Williamsburg

Have you ever said the words "My mind is so busy, I really need to meditate"? If so, we have the book (event) for you. Join MNDFL teacher Ralph De La Rosa for the launch of his first book! Through a guided meditation Ralph will introduce evidence-based, somatic, and trauma-informed insights and practices. He'll then be joined by Head Teacher Adreanna Limbach in conversation around a simple question: if you were to stop demonizing your monkey mind, would it have anything to teach you? In a roundabout way, could repetitive thoughts be pointing us in the direction of personal—and even societal—transformation? Let's find out and celebrate the release of the book, The Monkey Is the Messenger (bonus: price of admittance includes a copy of the book). 

Weekly Drop-In Classes at MNDFL

MNDFL is NYC's premier drop-in meditation studio, featuring expert teachers from a variety of traditions
offering simple techniques in an accessible manner.

*I am currently on hiatus but will return to MNDFL Williamsburg for Friday night classes in November.

 LINKS: MNDFL in the NY Times  |  Reserve your spot in a class here



Guest appearance:

Thursday, September 27, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

393 NYC
393 Broadway in Manhattan

Register here

Healing Presence:
Transforming Our Emotional Lives with Somatic Mediation
Four Wednesdays, 7-9pm
June 13th - July 11th (skips July 4th)
Narayan Yoga Project, Greenpoint, BK

The body is a veritable cosmos; it is the storehouse of all our emotions and lived experiences; it is the seat of a powerful intuition; and it holds the key to discovering true quietude and serenity in meditation. And yet each of us tends to live life up in our heads, ensconced in never ending thought, all the while wondering why our traumas aren't healing in therapy, why were sometimes confused by our reactions to things, and why we seem to have lost touch with our life's direction and purpose.

For four weeks, we will utilize meditation and breathwork to reclaim our inherent relationship to the body. You will learn how to restore and require your nervous system and how to establish wakeful spaciousness in meditation.

Please bring pen and paper. Please come prepared to meditate lying down. All workshops recorded in case you miss a class, and so you will have our guided meditations to use at home forever.

Beginners to meditation welcome.
Those who have previously found meditation to not work for them are encouraged.





Four Wednesdays, May 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd
7-9pm | at Narayana Yoga Project in Greenpoint-Williamsburg Brooklyn.

Anxiety, depression, anger, worry, loss of direction, the inner critic, compulsive behaviors,
painful cycles in relationships – believe it or not, these are not our enemies. They are
messengers, sounding the alarm, calling our attention to what longs to be healed at our depths.
We already have within us the intelligence, wisdom, curiosity, and compassion needed to heal
such troublesome patterns at their very root. What we all need help with is accessing these wiser
aspects of ourselves.

Blending neuroscience, Internal Family Systems therapy, Tibetan Buddhism, and somatic
psychology.... READ MORE/REGISTER




A Five-Day Residential Retreat at The Omega Institute
June 3rd - June 8th | Rhinebeck, NY

The sold out retreat I led at Spirit Rock in Marin, CA comes to upstate NY! 
Five days of somatic meditation, breathwork, yoga, nourishing meals, and deep emotional processing work. You will leave refreshed, unburdened, and with newfound clarity. A balance of light and deep, intelligence and intuition. Based on my upcoming book with Shambhala Publications.

Full description and registration here



Monday, April 23rd, 7pm
MNDFL Williamsburg

Becoming mindful of the breath is a fantastic way to calm down and open up, but that's only the beginning. A large body of research has shown that we how we breathe directly impacts our nervous system, emotional responses, and even our cellular health. Join therapist and author Ralph De La Rosa for this experiential and interactive breath work workshop. You'll walk away with four powerful breathwork practices for decreasing anxiety, increasing vital energy, and going deeper with your meditation practice.

Register here


Emotional Freedom Through Meditation
Four Wednesdays | February 14 – March 7, 2018 | 6 – 7:30 pm
NY Open Center | Manhattan, NY

Even though difficult emotions can overwhelm us, they are not our enemies.  Rather, they are like messengers sounding an alarm, calling us to look deeper within ourselves, longing for us to heal. Psychotherapist and meditation teacher Ralph de la Rosa will draw from Buddhism, cognitive therapy, Internal Family Systems, and somatic and mindfulness based approaches to teach us meditation practices to relate to our emotions in new ways. You’ll learn on-the-spot methods for working with the inner critic and intrusive thoughts, anger, anxiety, childhood hurts, and sadness, in order to unburden these parts of yourself—clearing more room for joy, calm, and connection.



Wednesdays, January 3rd, 10th, 24th, 31st
7:30pm - 9:30pm | Maha Rose

  • Build a daily meditation practice and/or daily ritual that nourishes you and your aspiration

  • Assertiveness and healthy boundaries

  • How to overcome obstacles and your own internal resistance to change and growth

  • Get clear on what your values are and what it means to live in alignment with them

  • Clarify your sense of life direction and purpose

  • Why pain and difficulty influence our lives more than joy and pleasure, and how to mindfully balance that

  • How to work with difficult emotions and traumas that come to the surface as a natural by-product of waking up and working on yourself...

Recovering Clarity, Wholeness, and Serenity with Somatic Meditation and Breathwork
Saturdays, January 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
2 - 4pm | New Love City | Greenpoint, BK

The stress and hustle of our lives too often force us to disconnect from our bodies, shut down our emotions, forsake our connection to nature and betray our deeper intentions and values. And then we wonder why we’re anxious. Or why our relationships aren’t working. Or why we can’t focus. Or sleep at night. Or figure out what we’re really meant to do with our lives. When we turn around to reclaim that connection, something almost magical happens: we discover our innate ability to let go, to achieve true rest, and navigate our lives in profound, new ways. We reclaim our deeper nature... Read more



Family and the Holidays: Surviving and Healing Hurt and Chaos
Two Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30pm
December 6th & 13th

  • Maybe you grew up without a sense of connection to family and so this time feels more complicated for you than for others?

  • Maybe it’s your first holiday season after the death of a loved one, or it’s the anniversary of such a death?

  • Maybe your dad is a fervent Donald Trump supporter and you’re at a loss for how to have your honest reactions to this and still function?

  • Maybe you’ve suffered traumas at the hands of family members and you’re longing for a resolve, and/or wondering if you should even cut certain people out of your life?

  • Maybe it’s all of the above and more.


Release and Receive: A NYE Ritual & Celebration
Dec. 31st, 7pm-9pm 

Join Ralph De La Rosa for an evening of intention setting and inspiration. This will be an open and informal space for infusing your NYE with intention and alchemy. 

For the fourth year running, Ralph De La Rosa will curate an inspired space and guide the group on an interactive journey so we can get clear on what we’re leaving behind in 2017, and what we’re clearing space for as we step into 2018!   

You are also invited to bring any meaningful or sacred objects you would like to have included on a community shrine. 



✈︎ Marin, CA | Three Day Retreat at Spirit Rock

Recovering Wholeness, Worthiness, and Emotional Balance: 
Three Days of Restoration, Healing, and Self Discovery

Friday, September 22 - Sunday, September 24, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Sliding Scale $225 - $600. Please bring your lunch.

Full description and registration here.





R E B E L    H E A R T    A C A D E M Y   
Rebel Heart Academy offers participants a systematic and thorough experiential education in utilizing the meditative arts, contemplative neuroscience, and Western psychology to heal one's life. It is the culmination of over ten years of developing and teaching endless workshops on healing and personal growth that I can now offer all in one series. There are three modules, each correlating with one of the three fmailies of Buddhist meditation: expansive presence, awakening the heart, and healing trauma/cultivating compassion. 

But, can I sign up even if you missed part of it already, you say? Yes! Late starts and drop-ins to single classes are allowed and encouraged for all but Module Three: Unstuck. 

All classes are held at Maha Rose Healing Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Please write me for distance learning. 

Recovering Clarity, Wholeness, and Serenity with Somatic Meditation and Breathwork
Wednesdays in Septmeber, 7:30-9:30pm  | September 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Full description and sign up here


Four weeks of lovingkindness practice, the neuroscience of rewiring with positive emotions, self-love explorations, and the parts work of Internal Family Systems therapy. 
Wednesdays in October, 7:30-9:30pm | October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Full description and registration here.


Healing at the root of all negative emotions and limiting beliefs within a safe container supercharged with love. This series combines the wisdom of cutting edge trauma research (Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine), psychoanalytic theory, Internal Family Systems therapy, and mindfulness to give you the tools for creating deep, abiding change.  
Wednesdays in November, 7:30-9:30pm | November 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th  -- note: no class 11/22
Full description and registration here.



Freedom from Inner Noise :
The Psychology of Embodied Meditation & Breathwork

The key to quieting the mind lies in your body and breath, but this is more than a meditation class. 
Join me for two weeks of learning a wealth of techniques and psychological theory for taking your meditation deeper -- or getting it to work in the first place.

Two Wednesdays | April 19th & 26th  | 7:30-9:30pm
Drop in or take both classes as a series (material will be different each week).






Kali Ma Sadhana
Bhakti + Vinyasa + Breathwork + Sound Bath

Kali Ma kirtan + vinyasa by Erika van Gemeren (visiting from SF, CA)
Transformative Breathwork + meditation by Ralph De La Rosa
Sound Bath by Ann Sensing

Sunday, June 18th, 6-8:30pm
$40 advance / $45 Day of
with Erika van Gemeren, Ann Sensing, and Ralph De La Rosa

REGISTER HERE (allow page to load)


Love, Why is it So Hard?
Sunday, May 21 | 2-6pm
at Maha Rose | Register here

Ever notice...
...yourself saying: "___________ always happens to me," when dating or in relationships? 
...or that the person(s) you love the most seems to bring out your worst side? 
...or that once you moved in together everything changed? 
...or what was once hot almost suddenly went cold? 
... or that you keep dating and dating -- or even trying to "manifest" the right partner, but nothing avails?
...or that you just can't seem to let your guard down? 
...or that your need for space is always misunderstood? 
...or that you find yourself making waves in the relationship even though you really don't mean to? 

✈︎ Bay Area Teaching Tour | March 13 - 19

Friday, March 17th | 7:30 - 9pm | Against the Stream | San Francisco, CA
Love What Is | Drop-in meditation class, no registration necessary | More here

Saturday, March 18th | 9:30am - 4:30pm | Spirit Rock Meditation Center | Marin, CA
Mind Medicine: Working Skillfully with Emotions | Daylong retreat | Register here

Sunday, March 18th | 1-5pm | Cornerstone Doula Trainings | San Francisco, CA
The Hero's Burden: Understanding and Healing Burnout | Register here


Heart Healing // Anger, Anxiety, Hurt | April 19 & 26

Heart Healing is a two-week series where you'll learn how to be with your emotions in this new way. The beauty of IFS is that you can practice it on your own without the presence of a therapist. You'll learn both a healing process you can do on your own as a formal meditative practice, and solid techniques for working with your emotions on the spot in everyday life so that you're less hijacked by them at work, in relationships, and beyond.

Wednesday, April 19 & 26 | 7:30pm - 9:30pm | Maha Rose |Brooklyn